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[uhn-shey-puh n] /ʌnˈʃeɪ pən/
not shaped or definitely formed; shapeless; formless; indefinite.
not shapely; unpleasing in shape; ill-formed.
misshapen or deformed.
Origin of unshapen
1300-50; Middle English; Old English unsceapen. See un-1, shape, -en3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Such a desire was the mother of monstrous and unshapen things.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • Sometimes, however, his thoughts are unshapen, and as it were rough-hewn and rugged.

    On the Sublime Longinus
  • They were rough and unshapen externally, as when hewn down in their native forest, and appeared to have been split open.

  • He had only his unshapen dreams that battled with him in dark places, the unborn that struggled in his brain for birth.

  • It cannot be denied that he leaves imbedded in his fabric lumps of unshapen material, which mar the symmetry of his art.

  • In you is drained Ambition's heart,—my every burning aim Fails here in you, and cools unforged, unshapen.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • An unshapen thought presents itself to me, I look at it, and I do all in my power to give it body and expression, but I cannot.

  • I am further confident that we shall build more and more with rough, unshapen stone, as we grow older and wiser.

    What I know of farming: Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for unshapen


having no definite shape; shapeless
deformed; misshapen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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